By Ben Kleppinger
12:38 PM EST, December 14, 2012
STANFORD — A woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck along Knob Lick Road west of Stanford late this morning, but her daughter was retrieved from the vehicle apparently uninjured by the driver of the other vehicle.
Miranda Caudill, 22, of Stanford, was pinned inside her late-model white Chevrolet sedan after it collided with the rear end of a flatbed truck driven by Jack L. Johnson, 58 of Somerset.
Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said his preliminary investigation suggests Caudill, who was traveling east toward Ky. 78, came across the center line into the opposite lane as she traveled around a sharp curve with rock walls on either side.
Johnson, who was traveling west, attempted to move his vehicle to the side of the road as much as possible, but Caudill's vehicle struck the back half of his truck, Folger said.
Firefighters had to cut Caudill free from her car with Jaws of Life.
Johnson suffered a small cut in the crash but was largely uninjured. He said after the wreck, he called 911 and checked on Caudill's vehicle.
Johnson said he found that Caudill was trapped but her daughter was uninjured. He offered to take her daughter to his truck to keep her warm and Caudill agreed, he said.
"I think the baby's fine," he said. "The mother is bruised up but I think she's fine, too."
Folger said at the scene that Caudill's injuries were not known yet. Caudill and her daughter were transported from the scene by ambulance, but Folger said paramedics were treating Caudill's daughter as a precaution.
Folger said speed and unfamiliarity with the road are currently considered factors in causing the wreck, which is still under investigation.
Responders had to deal with crumbling rock falling from the two-story rock wall along the side of the road.
Folger called the state about the falling rocks after one piece hit the pavement no more than a few feet from him and a deputy.
Johnson said he's glad the wreck wasn't any worse than it was and it looks like everyone will be OK.
"This is a nasty old curve," he said.